Attorneys General file brief

The Attorney's General of 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed a brief in the US District Court for DC arguing that President Trump's proposed ban on military service by transgender people is unconstitutional, against the national interest and harmful to the transgender community.

Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve.

--Maura Healy, Massachusetts

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Sessions orders hate crimes lawyer to Iowa

The Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, a highly unusual move that officials said was personally initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Kedarie (Kandicee) Johnson was a 16-year-old nonbinary student, who friends and family said identified as both male and female and also as gay.

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The pope is wrong once again

In an address to the Pontifical Academy for Life general assembly on Thursday Pope Francis

decried “the utopia of ‘neutral,’” ostensibly referring to the concept of gender neutrality. He argued that gender is fixed as male or female for the purpose of reproduction. The pontiff also warned against the “manipulation” of gender, which he said could “dismantle” that balance.

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New Mexico AG disputes Sessions statement

Hector Balderas, the Attorney General of the state of New Mexico, sent a letter yesterday to US Attorney General Sessions in response to Sessions' memo issued last week that said no federal civil rights laws protect transgender people from discrimination at work.

Sessions called the interpretation a "conclusion of law, not policy," and said the move should not be construed to condone mistreatment of transgender people.

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Democrats say, "show me the proof"

Over 100 Democratic congresspeople have signed a letter addressed to SecDef James Mattis requesting all communication between the Pentagon and the White House that resulted in Trump twittering his ban on military service by transgender people.

Trump claimed at the time that his position was established "after consultation with my Generals and military experts," which was an apparently a total surprise to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and many other military experts of note.

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Reform Jews speak up in favor of transgender people

On Wednesday, October 4, the Department of Justice issued a memorandum stating that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender employees in their places of work. In the memorandum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote, "Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status.

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